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10 July 2014
I am pleased to support National Transplant Week and its “Spell it Out” campaign to increase organ registration and consent rates. This year’s campaign is focusing in particular on encouraging people to discuss their wishes with their friends and family so that, when faced with the decision at such a traumatic time, it is easier to give their consent and help to save another person’s life.
A Labour amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, which would see letting agent fees scrapped was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday. The Government ordered its troops to vote against Labour’s amendment, which was backed by students at both Bristol universities.
New legislation affecting all dog owners in England comes into force today. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act will clamp down on those who allow their dog to be dangerously out of control or a nuisance in their communities and will close loophole in the law which excludes dog attacks in people’s homes.
Over the past few months, I have been contacted by several constituents whose pets have died after ingesting antifreeze. Most antifreeze products currently sold contain ethylene glycol, a chemical which can be fatal to a pets (particularly cats) in small doses and can even be harmful to young children.
Over recent months I have received numerous emails about the proposed biomass power plants in Avonmouth. Following the recent Big Bike Bash Against Industrial Biomass demonstration, I thought it might be useful to set out here what action I’ve been taking over the last couple of years to take forward local concerns with the Government.

Blog

A cross-party group of us has written to the Mayor, Metrobus, and the leader of South Gloucs council calling for a substantial rethink on the Metrobus project. Here it is. From Kerry McCarthy MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, and Councillors Daniella Radice, Lesley Alexander, Estella Tincknell, Gill Kirk, Claire Hiscott, Bill Payne, Wayne Harvey, Rob Telford, Tim […]
There have been some excellent speeches from some formidable Labour women in today’s debate on “Chaos and Waste at the Department for Work and Pensions” (that was our title, it’s now been changed to “The Performance of….” But here’s the queen of them all, Glenda Jackson, on top form.
Later today I will be in the Chamber for a debate called by Labour on “Performance of the Department for Work and Pensions”. Here is the text of our motion, which we will be voting on at 10pm. It’s worth noting that usually the Government would table its own amendment in response to an Opposition […]
Someone has sent me a transcript of this conversation with the Passport Office. Passport office: we can’t guarantee when your passport will be sent or when you will receive it ME: what can I do? Him: You can’t do anything, ME: Can’t I pay to upgrade, HIM: We can’t talk about that you have to […]
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently become a patron of the Music Venue Trust. They’ve emailed me today to say that they too have initiated a petition, this time directed at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, calling for a review of noise complaints legislation. As you will see […]
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